By Frank Ram
OK. Maybe Carlos Pérez wasn't the worst Dodger that ever lived, but I sure thought he was at a frustrated 7th grader dreading the days that he would be on the mound.
Wow did he suck.
This bush-leaguer, and that might be an insult to bush-leaguers everywhere, was traded to the Dodgers in 1998 along with Hiram Bocachica and Mark Grudzielanek for Peter Bergeron, Wilton Guerrero, Ted Lilly, and Jonathan Tucker. He finished '98 decently enough, going 4-4 on 11 stars with a 3.24 ERA to finish off the last two months of the season.
It wouldn't be until 1999 when the true Carlos Pérez would show his true colors. During the '99 season, this first ballot hall-of-shame inductee went 2-10 on 16 starts with a 7.08 ERA. That's bad, but it was on June 16, 1999 that Pérez would have a breakdown that has lived on for over 20-years.
After being pulled from the game by then manager Davey Johnson, another hall-of-shame inductee, Pérez went ape shit on a water cooler in the dugout. It's probably the highlight of his career in Dodger Blue.
In July of 2000, this poor excuse of a ballplayer was responsible for a lawsuit being brought against the Dodgers, when Pérez choked and injured a flight attendant on a flight from San Francisco to Los Angeles, causing her spinal and neck injuries.
May we never forget the shame that Carlos Pérez brought to the Dodger uniform and their fans.
Fan Observer's Founder and Chief-of-Content. CSUSB Alumni. I want to thank the Good Lord for making me a Dodger Fan. Also a fan of the Lakers, Rams and USC. #FightOn! Runs marathons on the weekend.